No One Is Too Small To Make a Difference – Book Review
Author: Greta Thunberg
Genre: Non-fiction, speeches
My rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: Published 12th November, 2019 by Penguin Books
Format: Paperback, 122 pages
What did I think?
A little book containing eleven of Thunberg’s speeches from 2018 and 2019. A tremendously important read. A call to action.
“…I am sorry, but saying everything will be all right while continuing doing nothing at all is just not hopeful to us. And yet this is exactly what you keep doing.” Absolutely!
And why is it that so many of us ignore the science and refuse to act, or choose to do little? Perhaps: “You don’t listen to the science because you are only interested in solutions that will enable you to carry on like before.” 😬
I agree with Thunberg on most of her environmental points, including that:
“We are now standing at a crossroads in history.
We are failing but we have not yet failed.
We can still fix this.
It’s up to us.”
Personally I am trying to follow this: 1. Learn about a problem 2. Act on a solution to that problem, and (most importantly) 3. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
That breaks things down to manageable chunks since I’m an individual who can only achieve so much. On the larger scale though, with governments, countries, corporations, we need big actions – and soon.
Thunberg suggests with every decision we make with environmental consequences (so, most), think of the emissions curve. We have to lower emissions so ask: “…How will this decision affect that curve?” It would be great if the politicians representing us thought along those lines.
“…We have to start treating the crisis like a crisis – and act even if we don’t have all the solutions.”
I thoroughly recommend this book and it will only take an hour or so to read. The text was a bit repetitive, being speeches Thunberg has given which did not need 100% new content each time, but the message is so valuable for all of us, not least our children and grandchildren.